Gearphoria Vol 4, No 1

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR G reetings from Vermont! We told you last issue that Gearphoria was packing up and hitting the road... and I’m happy to report we have done just that. This issue was completed near Island Pond, Vermont... probably closer to Canada than anywhere of note in the US. While we’ve only been mo- bile for about a month, we’ve already visited some great guitar shops, like the vintage goodness of Jimi Heslin’s Axe Shop near Poughkeepsie, New York, and the cozy Friendly River Music in Cornish, Maine, where John Barton has sold guitars since the 1970s. And we’ve really only just started. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date regarding our whereabouts via social media... so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twit- ter and Instagram! This issue marks the beginning of our fourth year, and we’re doing it up in style via our shop tour/feature with the fine folks at Warehouse Guitar Speakers in Paducah, Kentucky. We stopped in on a stormy day near the Ohio River to check out the operation first hand, and not only get a behind-the-curtain peek at how their speakers are made, but the full reveal on there growing OEM ef- fects pedal business, All-Pedal. On the artist front, our Alison Richter offers up a two-fer in the form of exclu- sive chats with Spock’s Beard guitarist Alan Morse as well as guitarist Rob Balducci. Spock’s Beard’s 12th studio album, The Oblivion Particle , was just released in late August and Morse walks us through the process of his role as both guitar player and co-producer. Balducci’s album was released earlier in the year and finds the Favored Nations- signed guitarist in a reflective mood, using the address of the house he grew up in, 821 Monroe Drive , as inspiration... and the album’s title. Elsewhere, we have a wrap-up from the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, hear all about FRFR from Matrix Amplifica- tion’s Andy Hunt, countdown our top music moments from this year’s Comic- Con International and more. On the reviews front, Gearphoria newcomer Wade Burden chimes in on the first time he played the Benson Amps Monarch, while guitar and graphics guru Josh Seaton tells you what he loves (and doesn’t love) about the Gurus Echosex2. All this, plus album reviews and our normal swath of columns with topics ranging from the best way to power your pedals to the digital analogs in hand- making guitars. Happy reading! Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Gearphoria GEARPHORIA SEP/OCT 2015 9